Nearly 275 University of Providence Students to Join Family of Alumni

Date: May 8, 2017

Contact: Denise Czuprynski, (406) 791-5306

Great Falls, Montana — The University of Providence is celebrating its 83rd Commencement, with the graduation of approximately 250 undergraduate students and more than 20 graduate students, on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the McLaughlin Center gymnasium.

The Class of 2017 consists of 74 Montana students and 191 students from 22 other states. A number of international students from Spain, Colombia, Germany, Guam, Kenya, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, the United Kingdom, and Wales will graduate as well. The university is expecting approximately 150 students to walk across the stage during this year’s ceremony.

Commencement activities kick off for graduates and their families on Friday, May 12, with an outdoor barbeque at 4:30 p.m., followed by a baccalaureate Mass in Trinitas Chapel at 6:30. The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Bishop Michael William Warfel delivering the keynote address and receiving an honorary degree for his service to the church. Bishop Warfel leads the Great Falls-Billings Diocese and serves on a number of local, national, and international boards. The student winner of the Outstanding Leadership Award will also speak at the ceremony. A reception, open to all, will follow in the library.

The Class of 2017 includes:

  • Katelyn Duncan, a Chemistry major from West Point, Utah, who will be attending MSU for a PhD in Chemistry. At the University of Providence she has been an active member of the Providence Formation Program (PFP) and served as captain of the women’s soccer team.
  • Jessica Ream, a Psychology major from Columbia Falls, Montana, who will be entering Minnesota State University-Mankato’s master’s program in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Jessica is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university. She has been an active member of the Providence Formation Program and cheer squad.
  • Justin Whitman, a Secondary Education major with a focus in General Science and an Argo wrestler and NAIA scholar-athlete from Columbia Falls, who plans to teach in Alaska upon graduation from University of Providence.
  • Magdalena “Brice” Henning, a Biology major from Great Falls, who was accepted into a veterinary school in Glasgow, Scotland (one of the top-ranked veterinary medicine schools in the world).
  • Ijeoma“Nneka” Nnadi, a Biology major from Spanaway, Washington, who will be returning to her home state to study physical therapy.
  • Morgan Robinson, a Biology major from Cloverdale, Calif., who will be interning in Cusco, Peru, this summer through an ISA service learning program. She hopes to later attend a school of dentistry.
  • Khaldoon Rashid, a Biology major, wrestling team captain and Academic All American from El Paso, Texas, who plans to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) upon graduation, before furthering his education.